In Yawn-Worthy Defense, Man Claims He Was Sleepwalking During Alleged Mugging

Who hasn’t woken up in the kitchen at 4 a.m. with a half-eaten jar of Nutella and wondered how they got there? We always blame sleepwalking, and so is a man accused of trying to mug a man at a casino.

The 27-year-old was arrested in March, when a patron of the Mohegan Sun casino, 81, says the suspect confronted him and a woman with a knife in an parking garage elevator at 10:39 a.m. and tried to grab the woman’s purse, reports the NorwichBulletin.com.

The victim resisted and pushed the man away when he tried to cut the purse loose, say police. He then fled when the elevator door opened, but was tracked by casino surveillance cameras.

The defendant’s attorney says he can’t be held accountable because he was fast asleep, and has had a habit of sleepwalking since he was a child. He’s prepared a “medical defense” using the defendant’s history of sleepwalking.

The defense attorney says the man was taking a nap in his car the morning of the incident because he wasn’t feeling well. He claims he didn’t wake up until the woman in the elevator jolted him out of sleep, and that he ran away because he was confused and scared.

Police say the man confessed to the crime when he was arrested, but that “he did not know why he did it.”

Casino robbery suspect was sleepwalking, lawyer says [NorwichBulletin.com]

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  1. rmorin says:

    Let’s play; Try to find any semblance of a consumer issue in this story:

    Go!

  2. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    He’s a menace to society and himself. Maybe he should only be locked up at night… oh wait, 10:30AM hmmmm. Guess it will have to be all day and night. He can dream he’s not in prison.

    Is he awake for his mugshot? How do you get those “heavy drug user eyelids” anyway?

  3. Aliciaz777 says:

    The crap people will say in order to avoid accountability for their actions is really funny sometimes. Wasn’t there a situation a few decades ago about a guy who used the sleepwalking defense when being tried for murdering his wife’s parents? I think it was made into one of Lifetime’s “true movies”. I don’t remember if his defense actually worked though.

  4. 2 Replies says:

    “The defendant’s attorney says he can’t be held accountable because he was fast asleep, and has had a habit of sleepwalking since he was a child.”

    Unless he also had a habit of MUGGING since he was a child, the claim is bullshit.
    Okay, okay…. it’s bullshit regardless.

    • zibby says:

      Except that this defense has successfully been used to get away with murder. But I think that was in Canada.

    • Craige says:

      Actually, I would think this defence would be more likely to wind him up in a mental institution, which is MUCH harder to get out of.

      Even if they find him not-guilty of murder, they may decide that his routine sleepwalking combined with this violent indecent is reasonable grounds to expect a repeat-offence.

      The case up here in Canada where the man used a sleepwalking defence didn’t have a history of sleepwalking, and it was determined that there was no grounds to believe there could be a repeat offence. Once you mention that it’s a “habit” however, you’ve opened up a whole other can of worms that could wind you up in a mental institution until the doctors determine you’re not a threat to yourself or others.

      • dobgold says:

        RTFA… it was MUGGING not murder.

        • Craige says:

          Yes, because muggings never turn into murders or assaults? Mugging is a violent crime by nature. You’re forcefully revealing somebody of their possessions. You don’t just ask nicely and hope for the best.

        • Craige says:

          Wait, I see what you were referring to. You’re right. Sorry about that.

          The point still stands though. Just replace murder with mugging.

  5. zibby says:

    CASINO! It says right there, pal.

  6. Sian says:

    1: Take Ambien
    2: Do whatever crazy thing you want
    3: …
    4: PROFIT!

  7. Craige says:

    I expect this won’t get the guy off as quickly as he expects.

    If the courts determine that he’s telling the truth and that he was infact sleepwalking during the offence, he’s just opened up a whole other can of worms by mentioning that he’s been sleep walking since he was a child.

    There was a similar case up here in Canada 20 years ago or so. A man murdered his in laws while sleepwalking, and was acquitted of the charges. The man had no history of sleepwalking, and thus it was determined that there was no reasonable threat of a repeat offence.

    This man however, claims that sleepwalking is a “habit” for him, and he’s been doing it since he was a child. This is reasonable grounds to conclude that there could be a repeat offence, and combined with the violent nature of the crime could wind him up in a mental institution until the doctors decide he’s no longer a threat to himself or others (ie, when he stops sleepwalking). Mental institutions are a notoriously worse sentence than prison. Prison has set-time that you have to serve for a crime, where as they don’t have to let you out of a mental institution until they see fit.

  8. msbask says:

    If this is the kind of stuff he does while sleepwalking, he cannot be trusted in society and should be put away. Whether it’s jail or a mental institution doesn’t much matter, but it appears that he is a danger to society.